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Dead woman found in McKenzie River

A woman was found dead in the McKenzie River Wednesday afternoon, according to the Lane County Sheriff’s Office. The woman was spotted on the riverbank, approximately 1 mile downriver from Helfrich Landing on the McKenzie River, by a river guide who contacted law enforcement, Sgt. Carrie Carver said. The woman …

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Eugene City Manager Jon Ruiz is settling on his executive team that has been in a state of flux for more than a year. Ruiz announced on Wednesday that he has named Kristie Hammitt as assistant city manager and Sarah Medary as public works director. Both women had served in …

Eugene police ask for help looking for woman

Eugene police are asking for the public’s help to find a missing and endangered 67-year-old woman, who has not been heard from since Saturday. Martha Berger missed a doctor’s appointment Monday, prompting a welfare check by Eugene police. When officers went to the woman’s home, Berger and her vehicle were …

All Lane County voters should have their ballots

Anyone who hasn’t received an election ballot has a problem. All registered voters in Lane County should have received their ballot by Tuesday, the county clerk’s office said. Ballots for the May 15 election were mailed to voters last Thursday. Voters still waiting on a ballot need to confirm they’re …

Cougar spotted in Springfield near middle school

A Springfield postal worker spotted a cougar Tuesday, not far from Agnes Stewart Middle School. The postal worker took a photo of the big cat about 1:30 p.m., walking down a gravel lane near South 28th Street and South F Street, less than a half-mile from Main Street. The photo …

Eugene’s new police chief to be sworn in Wednesday

Chris Skinner, Eugene’s new police chief, will be sworn in at 3 p.m. Wednesday, starting a new era for the department. Skinner, who was police chief in Richland, Wash., will take the oath, which will be administered by Eugene Municipal Court Presiding Judge Wayne Allen. The ceremony will take place …

Eugene burglar captured on video breaking in same building twice

A building on Willamette Street was broken into twice in four days by a person caught on surveillance camera, and Eugene police are examining fingerprints in hopes of identifying him. Photonlight.com, which sells items like flashlights, pocket knives and home automation equipment, and Amanda L. Smith Photography, were first burglarized …

Springfield City Council race draws a pair of longtime local residents

SPRINGFIELD — The candidates for Ward 2 on the Springfield City Council have called the area home for more than a century combined. Steve Moe, 75, and James Yarnall, 80, have similar ideas for improving the city. Both view economic development and job creation as a key to expanding Springfield’s …

Eugene School District to have forum on proposed bell schedules

The public will have a chance to comment Wednesday evening on the revised proposed school schedule for the Eugene School District. District officials want to know what parents, students and others think about the latest proposed bell schedule for elementary, middle and high schools. A forum for people to share …

Eugene woman sentenced in Alton Baker Park murder

Four days after a jury rejected her self-defense claim, a Eugene woman on Tuesday was sentenced to life in prison for murdering her boyfriend last year in Alton Baker Park. Lacy Marie Lyons will be able to apply for parole after she serves roughly 30 years of the lifetime prison …

Springfield schools superintendent Rieke-Smith leaving for new post at Tigard-Tualatin schools

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield School District Superintendent Sue Rieke-Smith has landed a new job. Rieke-Smith, who was hired as the assistant superintendent in 2014 before being promoted to superintendent in 2015, will be moving north to serve as the superintendent for the Tigard-Tualatin School District, located southwest of Portland. The change …

Whooping cough outbreak reported at Eugene high school

About a dozen students at Sheldon High School in Eugene have been diagnosed with whooping cough, also known as pertussis. Lane County Public Health officials discovered the outbreak last week when a Sheldon student was diagnosed with pertussis after visiting a doctor. “One student had a really severe cough and …

Springfield woman accused of taking drugs, sexually abusing underage boy

A Springfield woman is in Lane County Jail for the third time since December on charges related to the alleged sexual abuse of an underage boy. A warrant for the arrest of Sara Mae Webb, 34, a resident of Oregon Avenue in Springfield, was ordered on Dec. 29 on charges …

Suspended Oregon judge will face criminal trial in Portland

PORTLAND — A trial date has been set for a suspended Oregon judge who gained national attention after refusing to marry gay couples. Marion County Judge Vance Day is accused of allowing a felon to handle a gun. He goes on trial Oct. 22 in Portland. The trial was originally …

Wanted man found hiding in Whiteaker house day after chase in Springfield

A man who allegedly fled from Springfield police Saturday morning was captured Sunday at a home in the Whiteaker neighborhood of Eugene. Jesse Rictor, a homeless man, was found hiding behind a bed after Springfield police surrounded the home and made entry. He was arrested on charges of eluding by …

Eugene police investigating Sunday morning robbery, shooting

Eugene police are looking for two men involved in a home invasion robbery Sunday morning. As they made their getaway, one of the two men fired several shots at the victim’s home and vehicle, police said. No one was injured. The robbery and shooting occurred at 9:46 a.m. on the …

Man won’t face felony charges for Washington state park cave

YAKIMA, Wash. — A homeless man who lived for a year in a self-dug cave at a state park in eastern Washington state won’t face charges. The Yakima Herald reports that officials won’t prosecute the 57-year-old man, who was arrested recently on possible malicious mischief charges. He was taken into …

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